Words nearby seduction
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What does seduction mean?
Seduction is also commonly used in a more general way meaning the act of tempting or influencing someone to do something, especially something bad or something they wouldn’t normally do. Though this sense of the word does not involve sex, it’s still often thought of as a metaphor for the type of seduction that does.
Both senses of the word often imply a subtle manipulation in which one’s motives are hidden.
Example: Don’t be fooled by his charm and his seduction—he only wants one thing.
Where does seduction come from?
The first records of the word seduction come from the 1520s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb sēdūcere, meaning “to lead aside.” (The root dūcere also forms the basis of words like induce, produce, and reduce.) The verb seduce is recorded earlier, in the 1470s, and its original use referred to persuading a soldier or servant to desert or change sides. From there, it began to be used in a more general way to refer to influencing someone to do something wrong. Only later did it come to be used in reference to making someone want to have sex.
Today, this is the most commonly used meaning of seduction—and the meaning that’s associated with just about every use of the word, even when it is used more generally. James Bond is notorious for his seduction of women. This type of seduction is typically thought to be achieved by making yourself irresistible through the way you act or the things you say.
The more general sense of seduction involves leading someone astray or luring them in. The goal is typically to get them to do something corrupt or at least something they wouldn’t normally do. In Star Wars, villains are always using the art of seduction to try to get people to cross over to the dark side. But it’s not only people who seduce. Sometimes, a person is said to have been lured by the seduction of money or success. Advertising is sometimes described as a form of seduction with the goal of persuading people to buy a product.
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Seduction often has a somewhat negative connotation that implies that such actions are devious and manipulative. It’s very commonly used in reference to sex, but it’s also commonly used in a general way.
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If this was what we taught men successful seduction looks like for decades, no wonder men are confused. Hollywood, be better.
— Mieke Eoyang (@MiekeEoyang) May 30, 2018
Every poem is a seduction. If the language isn’t something said in the throes of passion or the dance leading to it, I’d ask myself why use that word.
— Airea D. Matthews (@aireadee) May 20, 2020
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— Miami New Times (@MiamiNewTimes) May 21, 2020
Try using seduction!
Is seduction used correctly in the following sentence?
His seduction is based on lies and empty promises.
How to use seduction in a sentence
When Linda realizes that Monica’s encounters with the President could give her the leverage to become the genuine Washington player she’s so desperate to become, the friendship becomes a seduction.
Some people, though, have fought the seduction of commerce and won.
He then, in the words of one of Norman’s lawyers at her trial, “succeeded in accomplishing her seduction.”A shocking 19th-century crime reveals the continued need for gender equality|Julie Miller|December 27, 2020|Washington Post
The second was that the demand for seduction schooling was elastic.
In 1954, Dr. Fredric Wertham made the same claim in his controversial book, Seduction of the Innocent.Holy Homophobia, Batman! A Queer Reading of the Dark Knight|Rich Goldstein|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There were two modes of being with him, I think it was seduction on the one hand and bewilderment on the other.
These creative writers mastered seduction off the page, too.
Had some of them previously witnessed his attempts at seduction?Beethoven in Love: The Woman Who Captivated the Young Composer|John Suchet|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I dared not trust myself to the seduction of his manner and voice—he was a past-master in the art of making love.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Margaret, I don't mind being party to a flirtation—but I draw the line at being the victim of a seduction.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
He is dazzled by the spectacular glories of the capital, but his native stock of cannyness renders him proof against seduction.Yorkshire Dialect Poems|F.W. Moorman
She used all her arts of attraction, of seduction, but he remained obdurate.A German Pompadour|Marie Hay
In many instances the seduction is effected by other children, and often at a very early age.The Sexual Life of the Child|Albert Moll